Local news briefs

Pickup truck stolenA white white 2014 GMC Sierra pickup truck parked along Chapman Street West, Port Dover, was stolen in the early hours on July 23.Pellet gun shot at vehicleA driver was left startled after a pellet gun was discharged towards a vehicle on Cockshutt Road, Townsend, just before 1 a.m. on July 23.Police say a motorist was stopped at Cockshutt Road and Norfolk County Road 19 East when a laser light was shone into the vehicle. The driver then heard the sounds of pellets striking the vehicle and looked out to see a male suspect running away. The pellets damaged the vehicle.Garbage thrown from vehicle smashes windshieldA vehicle travelling along Turkey Point Road, Charlotteville, on July 22 was damaged by a pop can tossed from another vehicle. The can smashed the window and scared the driver, who was able to safely pull over. The suspect vehicle, an older Mustang with two men in their 40s, was last seen travelling west on St Johns Road.Mischief reported at Port Dover businessBetween 1 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on July 22, two sections of rope located near a patio of a business on Main Street in Port Dover were cut. The OPP remind all residents to immediately call police if they see anything suspicious.Police investigate break and enter to shedsPolice are investigating a collection of break-ins to sheds along Stanley Street and Chapel Street in Simcoe. Various tools, grass trimmers and garden hoses were removed from the sheds, collectively valued at approximately $1,200.Bicycle stolenA blue mountain bicycle was stolen from a Colborne Street North, Simcoe, home on July 21. The bike was wrapped in tarp and placed under the stairway of the home. The bike has a black seat, straight handlebars and springs on the front and back of the frame.Cashing stolen cheques leads to chargesA 34-year-old Hamilton man has been charged with fraud under $5,000 and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 after attempting to cash stolen cheques at a Queensway West, Norfolk County, business. Police say an employee recognized the man and immediately contacted police.Delhi home used in online scamA Delhi home that is listed for sale has been used in an online scam.A hopeful renter saw the Queen Street home listed on a renting website between July 19 and 21.The resident sent a $1,000 advanced payment to the lister and never received a lease, at which point they realized the photos used were taken from a realtor’s web page.Police remind residents to be vigilant when responding to ads on various web sites.Vehicle windows smashedThree vehicles parked along Alice Street in Waterford had their windows smashed in the early hours of July 21. The OPP remind residents to immediately call police if they see anything suspicious.Theft from unlocked vehicleAn unlocked vehicle parked at a Head Street North, Simcoe, address, was entered in the early morning hours of July 21. A Milwaukee impact drill and a wallet that contained personal and financial information along with a large quantity of Canadian currency were removed.Marijuana plants stolenA homeowner chased away a male intruder who stole marijuana plants from a home on Brant Avenue in Port Dover around 2 a.m. on July 21. Police remind home owners to ensure that all doors and windows are secured in order to prevent anyone from gaining access to their residence.Boat collision near Turkey PointA Maple, Ont., man was charged this weekend after a personal watercraft collided with a pontoon boat near Turkey Point.The incident was brought to the attention of police around 6:15 p.m. Sunday.Norfolk OPP say the 45-year-old operator of the watercraft approached the boat, which was carrying family members. The man hit the side of the pontoon boat with the watercraft. He was treated in hospital for minor injuries.The accused has been charged with operating a vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons contrary to the Canada Shipping Act.Helmet saves boy’s lifeAn 11-year-old boy from Hamilton was learning to ride a dirt bike along Charlotteville Road 1, Charlotteville, on July 21. The boy veered off the trail and ended up on the roadway, where a vehicle collided with the back of the bike. The boy was ejected from the bike and landed on the hood and windshield of the vehicle, sliding off and ending up of the roadway. He was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.The 76-year-old male driver of the vehicle did not suffer any injuries. In the Norfolk OPP news release, police said the fact the boy was wearing a helmet prevented his injuries from being more serious.Scammers target seniorsIf you receive a call saying you won a large sum of money, hang up. An elderly Norfolk County resident received several calls of this type on July 17. The resident realized it was a scam when they were instructed to send $600 by e-transfer to collect the prize. They contacted the police about the scam.Theft from unlocked vehicleAn unlocked vehicle parked along Donly Drive in Simcoe was entered, and items were removed. The theft occurred between 12 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on July 17. The items that were stolen are a global positioning syystem module and harness, along with a backpack and wallet that contained personal and financial information.

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